A few fun Adam Vinatieri facts as he begins his five year wait for the Hall of Fame: He's the all time leader in points scored, postseason points scored and field goals. But wasn't drafted. His great-great grandfather Felix Vinatieri was an Italian immigrant who served as the bandleader for Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry. Custer ord...

A longtime special teams coordinator, John Bonamego recently ascended the NFL coaching ranks thanks to his dedication to teaching the fundamentals. After a long career as a special teams coordinator in the National Football League, John Bonamego says there is one thing he’s most proud of. “I have never had a previous relationship with the coaches I...

Dave DeGuglielmo knows Ruston, Louisiana, is in America, but he was perplexed when he couldn't find any Bank of America branches. “Here I thought I was in America,” DeGuglielmo joked. It was just a reminder to "Guge," as he's affectionately called, that he's not in New York anymore.   In February, Louisiana Tech football coach Skip Holtz hired DeGu...

During the spring of 1991, when the Pittsburgh Penguins defied the NHL betting sites and won the first Stanley Cup in franchise history, two netminders of Italian descent were unsung heroes of the victory. Yes, Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Paul Coffey were the leaders of that Cup run, but without the goaltending of Tom Barrasso and the pinch hit...

Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli met with the media, via Zoom, in Florida to discuss the beginning of spring training.  Baldelli spoke about what was it like to see the whole group out there training, if he feels the World Series is the expectation for the season, how he addressed the team in terms of safety protocols for the season, what the...

Former Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck once said, “A good groundskeeper was the 10th man on the field and was worth five to seven victories a season.” George Toma is often ranked among the greatest groundskeepers of all time, creating and maintaining professional baseball, football, soccer, and Olympic playing fields all ove...

Wisconsin’s new libero Giorgia Civita is no stranger to big changes. A native of Milan, Italy, Civitia Civita tore her ACL while still in Italy, and was thinking of what the next move might be. Her brother, Luca, had friends who had gone to the US on athletic scholarships before, and felt that would be a way to help Civita get back to playing at a...

Rick “Rico” Cassata was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 for his quarterback play with the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League (CFL), winning the MVP award in the Grey Cup Championship in 1973 and highlighting a nine-year CFL career. However, in 1964 after graduating from Tonawanda High School, Cassata h...

Charley Trippi, one of the most celebrated athletes in Georgia history, turned 99 yesterday. The old warhorse was low key and subdued, advancing age having robbed him of the electric energy and suppleness that once drove him to remarkable athletic achievement.Yet, he was up to blowing out 99 candles on a cake, made by Joyce Phillilps of Winterville...

Nunzio Campanile loves to share this favorite story about his brother, Anthony, a Miami Dolphins assistant coach, and their family. “When Anthony was in college, he was dating some girl or whatever. So, we sat down for dinner on Sunday early, around 2 o’clock. Sit down, and this girl calls around 2:30,” Nunzio Campanile said. Well, I’ll call you ba...